Dynamic libraries by default and GHC 7.8

Joachim Breitner nomeata at debian.org
Wed Nov 28 10:37:07 CET 2012

Am Mittwoch, den 28.11.2012, 16:14 +0900 schrieb Jens Petersen:
> On 28 November 2012 08:28, Joachim Breitner <nomeata at debian.org> wrote:
> > Open question: What should GHC on Debian do when building binaries,
> > given that all libraries are likely available in both ways – shared or
> > static. Shared means that all locally built binaries (e.g. xmonad!) will
> > suddenly break when the user upgrades its Haskell packages, as the
> > package management is ignorant of unpackaged, locally built programs.
> > I’d feel more comfortable if that could not happen.
> Right, I tried patching Fedora's xmonad for a while to use dynamic linking
> (it made Mod-q almost instant! :-) but finally reverted it not to confuse people
> linking their .xmonad/ to user libraries, at least until the time
> ghc/Cabal support dyn by default...

but would that not mean that when they upgrade a library used by xmonad,
their xmonad binary would stop working and they could not even log in
any more? It is that kind of breakage that is worrying me.


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